My friends think I’m technical. I suppose compared to many of them, I am. I would argue that ten years in personnel management killed my skills at the command line, but it’s all relative. I just built a website for my novel. I probably sound like a techie having just done that, but hear me out.
This morning, I built a decent web site for a book I published over a year ago. Okay, so maybe I am technical, but lazy? No, I tried to build a website earlier, it just sucked so badly I never really launched it. Ultimately I deleted it. And this is the point of my post, where I share my writing experience for other aspiring self publishers. I built that first website with GoDaddy. GoDaddy leverages WordPress for their platform. Software that competes with Microsoft for the highest number of known vulnerabilities. It’s so kludgy to use, I’m at a loss for words. I could never get it to look how I wanted. I couldn’t even use my own fonts. That’s a big deal to me because I like to use a stencil font to give a military air to my book. Think MASH. I’d show you but this blog is on WordPress so I can’t.
It was my 15 year old daughter who talked me into using WIX. I’m a happy camper. Took me less than an hour to have everything looking how I wanted. Much less than that to launch it but then I tweaked things for over half that time because I was having fun. WIX even provides simple-to-use email subscription forms. Everything was so easy, a writer could do it. I’m not just being funny there. My experience meeting other writers is the majority of them are barely technical enough to format fonts in a Word document. They refer to the people who publish ebooks as ebook coders, like it’s actually software development to publish a book in electronic format. I’ll admit, it did take me about twenty hours of YouTube videos to learn Adobe InDesign, but seriously, it’s not coding.
So, if you are an author. One of those writers who is just savvy enough to download Scrivener but not clever enough to integrate file sharing with DropBox, then Wix is for you. Trust me, stay away from GoDaddy, it’s a POS. That’s “Piece of Shit” for you non techies who shy away from acronyms and can’t RTFM.